Bryant feeling ‘very lucky’ he wasn’t seriously injured
Lamar Odom and Kobe Bryant share a laugh before a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on Nov. 9, 2010.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers star Kobe Bryant, left, speaks with Coach Byron Scott during a game against the San Antonio Spurs last December.(Eric Gay / Associated Press)
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant drives to the basket past Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers during a game at Staples Center on Jan. 13, 2015.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers star Kobe Bryant, left, poses for photos with FC Barcelona captain Andrés Iniesta Luján before a training session at the StubHub Stadium in Carson on July 20, 2015.(Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Kobe Bryant poses for a photo at the Beverly Hills Hilton on July 18, 2014. Bryant was limited to 35 games during the 2014-15 season because of injury.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fields questions from reporters surrounding him during the Lakers’ media day in El Segundo.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant fields questions from television reporters during the Lakers’ media day in El Segundo.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is surrounded by reporters while doing a radio interview during the Lakers’ media day in El Segundo.(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Kobe Bryant tries to steal the ball from Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried during a game at Staples Center on Nov. 3.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
The Lakers had barely opened the last few minutes of their practice to the media Friday when Ronny Turiaf and Javaris Crittenton collided under the basket and got up . . . very . . . very . . . slowly.
A minute or two later, Luke Walton hobbled off the court after tweaking his right ankle in a noncontact injury while trying to defend Sasha Vujacic.
So much for a few solid days of rest.
The good news for the Lakers: That Turiaf was actually practicing in the first place, and none of the above incidents were expected to affect anybody’s status for Sunday’s home game against Golden State.
In addition, Kobe Bryant did not practice Friday, nor did Chris Mihm, but both will play Sunday.
Bryant, who injured his left shoulder, cannot hold his arm over his head without feeling pain but said he felt “very lucky” after watching the replay of his tumble in Wednesday’s victory over Denver.
“It could have been much worse,” he said. “It’s not something that structurally is going to get any worse. It’s just try to maintain the pain level down as much as possible so Sunday I’m playing with less pain than what I’m feeling now.”
There was also a Kwame Brown sighting.
“He was over there by the mirror doing a lot of work this morning,” Coach Phil Jackson said, smiling. “He was brushing his hair and he wasn’t shaving, I know that.”
Then Jackson got serious, saying he liked what he saw of Brown’s individual workout with athletic performance coordinator Alex McKechnie.
“He looked really good and quick,” he said. “It could be next weekend he starts rounding into some kind of ability to be on the court. He’s still inside the margins of what we think is an appropriate recovery [time].”
The Lakers declined to provide a timetable for Brown’s return, but a sprained knee typically sidelines a player for two to four weeks, with some sitting out as many as six weeks. Brown will hit the four-week mark Dec. 16. He has sat out 10 games.
Turiaf sat out two games because of a concussion but pronounced himself ready to play Sunday after spending Friday’s practice banging with Andrew Bynum, who has at least three inches and 35 pounds on him.
“I’m a little rusty, but I feel all right,” Turiaf said. “I was playing [center]. I don’t really like it, but, oh well. It was good to be back out there.”
Injuries aside, the Lakers were glad to be home and in the beginning stages of a period in which they would play only one game in seven days.
The Lakers had played five games in seven days, including two back-to-back situations.
“They’ve been coming, falling like raindrops, these games,” forward Lamar Odom said. “It was good to play well [Wednesday], have a day off, then come back here again.”
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